Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school in suburban Philadelphia, seeks an experienced, dynamic and caring educator to serve as a full-time Middle School Jewish Studies and Tanakh teacher and advisor and Shaharit facilitator for the 2020-2021/5780-5781 school year.
Interested candidates must have the ability to collaborate with colleagues, develop student centered curricula, and foster a growth mindset for each student. Developing an inclusive environment where students feel safe to take risks in their learning is a central value of the Barrack academic program. In addition, the candidate should be willing to seek professional growth and learning through team meetings, professional development opportunities and collaboration with Barrack educators. The ideal candidate enjoys middle school students and teaches with energy and enthusiasm.
-A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies with strong teaching or working experience with middle school students
- Intermediate Hebrew skills (reading, speaking, listening)
-Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with experience in effective communication with parents, students, teachers and staff
- A collaborative spirit and an ability to function as a member of a team with administrators, teachers, students, and parents
-A positive and strong work ethic
-Ability to differentiate instruction for students within a heterogeneous classroom setting
- Ability to meet due dates in a timely manner
-Interest in development of Jewish Studies and Tanakh curricula in the context of real world learning and project-based learning
-Proficiency in the use of classroom technology, including but not limited to: Google Suite, learning management systems, email management and classroom hardware.
- Ability to teach 6th, 7th, 8th graders with these major themes (some topics and approaches subject to change):
- 6th Grade: The formation of the Jewish people in biblical and ancient Israel, introduction to rabbinic thinking
-7th Grade: Mitzvot bein adam le-havero and their practice in the medieval era, The evolution of rabbinic thinking, The rise of European
antisemitism as a legacy of the medieval era
? 8th Grade: Introduction to Talmud, The rise of Jewish nationalism and the founding of the State of Israel, Comparative Religion (Christianity,
Additional responsibilities include:
-Leading a Middle School Shaharit group Monday-Thursday mornings
- Serving as a point person for a club or other extracurricular activity
- Teaching electives that may include a study of contemporary Israel
The successful candidate will receive ongoing mentoring. Interested candidates should contact Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, Ph.D., Director of Jewish Studies (telephone 610.922.2338 with preliminary questions; to apply, applicants should please send the following:
-Copy of college and graduate school transcripts
-A personal letter of application should include:
-What you enjoy - and love - about working with middle school students,
- What appeals to you about the possibility of working at Barrack,
-What kinds of approaches you like to take in your teaching
The application process includes a preliminary interview with the department head; interviews with students, with members of the department, and with members of the administrative team; and teaching a model lesson.
The Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy community does not discriminate on the basis of race or gender identity and it is guided by its four Derech Eretz values: